Israel Center

The Sinai Temple Israel Center was established to forge an ever stronger link between Los Angeles Jewry and Israel by providing programs and resources with an emphasis on education, culture, advocacy, and travel. The Israel Center aspires to enhance Israel’s image and standing in our community and across the United States.

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David and Angella Nazarian Youth Leadership Program

Funded by generous Sinai Temple members Angella and David Nazarian, the Nazarian Youth Leadership Program was designed to instill a love of Israel into the hearts and minds of Sinai Temple teens.

The Nazarian Fellowship is a highly competitive and prestigious program, composed of Sinai Temple teens who demonstrate strong leadership skills and share a passion for developing ties between Israel and the Los Angeles Jewish community. Fellows are given unique opportunities to cultivate their leadership abilities and develop their voices as ambassadors for Sinai Temple, Israel and the greater Jewish community.

Want to learn more? Contact Rabbinic Intern Kevin Lefkowitz at or 310-481-3305.

Community Partnership:

Fuel For Truth works to equip young adults/professionals around the United States with the facts, skills and confidence to advocate for Israel and impact how members of their social and professional networks understand the Arab-Israeli conflict. FFT does this by educating and empowering these individuals with high-level analysis of Israeli history and current issues, proven communication skills rooted in behavioral psychology, and mock social simulations that reflect real-world discussions surrounding Israel. More than ever, in a time when Israel’s right to exist and defend itself is increasingly questioned, advocates must be as prepared as possible to have these difficult conversations.

Sinai Temple is proud to host monthly Fuel for Truth meetings at our site. While we currently simply serve as a meeting location, we are planning for a more involved partnership in 2020 and beyond.

Spotlight on Sinai Temple Religious School’s Shinshinit


Yuval Dabbach

Yuval Dabbach

My name is Yuval Dabbach, and I’m the Shinshinit at Sinai Temple Religious School. A Shinshinit is an 18-year-old Israeli emissary who defers their army service for one year to volunteer in a Jewish community abroad with the goal of educating people of all ages about Israel and Israeli culture. I am thrilled to be a part of the community at Sinai Temple. I have had the opportunity to teach 5th and 7th grade students on a weekly basis and I am leading Israeli Club for all grades. I teach at staff meetings, Sunday services, STARS Shabbat, Havdalah in the Hood, and I especially love Israeli dancing with the students on Sunday mornings. I created the Shinshinit Show – a weekly video about Israel that I share with all the religious school families.

Organizational Partners

Sinai Temple’s Israel Center partners regularly on programs and initiatives with local, national and international organizations including, but not limited to:

Jewish National Fund
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
American Friends of Israeli Navy Seals
Friends of Israeli Defense Forces
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA
UCLA Hillel
Masorti Olami
World Zionist Congress


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